Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Champion Nutrition Recipe of the Week: Good-for-You Popcorn!

Recovering from surgery, I've been forced to lay mostly motionless for long (LONG) periods of time to ensure proper healing. Translated: I've been watching a boatload of movies. Which brings us to today's recipe. ;-) Popcorn. And not just any popcorn - this is not your full of fat, chemicals and salt stuff; this is good for you popcorn! Now, I must admit that I have not been chowing down on popcorn with my movie-watching - after all, gratuitous carbs and inactivity do not add up to anything I want to deal with once I'm up and about again. BUT... for the rest of ya'll.... check out my favorite CLEAN microwave popcorn recipes and let me know which is your favorite!

FYI... popcorn is a whole grain, and is packed with fiber and healthy polyphenols! Dig in!


Chelle's Microwave Popcorn 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels (double-check the label, the only ingredient should be corn)
  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • Sea Salt (I use Fleur de sel for this since it's got a really delicate flaky texture, very subtle)
  • Any other seasoning of choice (Mrs Dash, Pepper, or if you want to do kettle-corn, you can add some sucanat to the salt - see below)
  • Brown paper lunch bag


DIRECTIONS
Put the popcorn kernals in a brown paper lunch bag. Fold the top over once or twice. Place in the microwave and nuke just until you hear the popping slow (don't wait for it to stop, it'll scorch - yuck!).
Put the 2 Tbsp coconut oil in a big bowl and microwave for 15-20 seconds to liquefy the coconut oil. Now dump in the popcorn, sprinkle your sea salt & any other seasoning, and toss well. Uber yum!

VARIATIONS  After adding the coconut (or olive oil, if you prefer... you can even use real butter*), add...
Vanilla protein powder - add a scoop to your hot popped kernels
Vanilla protein powder & Sea-Salt (this is my personal favorite!)
Vanilla protein powder & Cinnamon & Sea-Salt
Sucanat (Sugar Cane Natural) and Cinnamon
Sucanat (Sugar Cane Natural) and Sea-Salt
Mrs Dash - Any Flavor
Sea-Salt

*NOTE: Real butter?? Yep! Real butter is a great source of specific fatty acids that your body actually needs. If you're using margarine or other "fake" butters, dump them and use the real thing - in moderation.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Chelle, I love your blog, and your recipes are amazing. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!
    One question about the popcorn - what is a serving size?
    Thanks! Katie

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    1. Hi Katie! Thanks! :-) A serving would be 2 cups of popcorn (not kernels, haha!). 3 cups if you're on a higher calorie diet. :-)

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